Originally Posted by BoilerJim
You don't think the manager of the fast food restaurant would give you a nice little discount if you bought one of everything on the menu? And, ala carte might work if, as in the restaurant example, you only want ONE burger (channel). Most of us (actually, I'm guessing ALL) want to watch multiple channels although we may have one or two favorites.
Actually, a better example for restaurants would be something like this:
If you just want a single burger, you can pay for a burger and nothing else. It's cheaper on its own.
However, you can usually add a drink and a couple of side dishes for a small amount more.
If you can't decide on one thing, some restaurants have "sampler" platters, where you might pay more than the one burger, but you get to taste a bit of several different mini burgers, each for less than each whole one would cost individually.
The last example is the way most people consume TV - they take little bits from several different channels instead of sitting on on channel all day long. By getting the big platter of different ones, it lets you nibble from each one without paying the cost of one channel on its own.
Now, if you do sit on one channel all day long, then buying that one channel is the perfect solution for you. For those who want their local stations and a handful of cable channels, it starts costing close enough to a package that it's worth it to just have the option of watching those other channels.
I know myself, the channels I primarily watch tend to change season to season. At one point, it was all about SciFi (before it was syfy) TNT and FX. Then it was USA and TBS. Now it's AMC and FX. Who knows what it will be next.